variants: or less commonly regrator \ -​ātə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of regrater

1a chiefly British : one that regrates supplies or necessities
b dialectal : a middleman who travels about the country buying up farm produce for market
2 chiefly British : one that gets profits or credits due another especially by irregular means

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History and Etymology for regrater

regrater from Middle English regrater, regratere, from Middle French regratier, from Old French; regrator from Middle English regratour, from Anglo-French, alteration (influenced by Anglo-French -our -or, from Old French -eor, -eur) of Middle French regratier; akin to Old Spanish regatero regrater, Old Italian rigattiere

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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